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Puri Tourism

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  • State: Orissa
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
Puri is located on the eastern side of India in the province of Orissa. Lying on the coastal strip in the Puri district, the destination is 60 kilometre from the city of Bhubaneswar. This coastal city lies on the golden triangle of Orissa, connecting with Konark and Bhubaneswar.

The city of Puri is known for its historic immemorial, sanctorum, architectural magnificence, balanced climate and divine significance. Counted among the most sacred pilgrim centres for Hindus in India, the destination is a seat of Lord of Universe, Jagannath, as per testimony of Skanda Purana. Honoured with the famous Jagannath shrine, the spiritual city is also known as Jagannath Puri. Positioned along the coast of Bay of Bengal, the city is one of the frequented tourist destinations in India.

All the cities of the triangular axis have well-known pilgrimage venues, exotic landscapes, beaches, historical sites that attract travellers throughout the year. Besides, the destination is a repository of art and architecture of India with testaments dating back to 3rd century B.C. This ancient town has ruins and testaments belonging to the period from 3rd century B.C. to 17th century A.D.

The spiritual city attracts devotees along with tourists from around the world for witnessing attractions like Temple of Child Krishna at Indradyumna Tank, Atharnala Bridge and Sudarshan Crafts Museum. The city also has the famous Sun Temple of Konark.

One of the major highlights of the city is Rath Yatra (Car or Chariot festival), which is hosted every year in the city. Puri Rath Yatra 2012 starts on 21st June at Jaganath Temple, Puri, Orissa. The festival marks the journey of Krishna known as Jaganath in this region, from Gokul to Mathura. Three huge chariots carrying the idols of Jaganath, his brother Balbadra, and his sister Subhadra are pulled along the streets from the Jaganath temple to the temple of Gundicha Mandir. On the ninth day, Rath Yatra is repeated in the opposite direction. Pilgrims and tourists throng to the destination to cherish the international event besides an annual Puri Beach Festival held in the month of November. 

The coastal city gained fame after Chodaganga Deva who built the temple of Purusottama Jagannath after winning a war. Over the years, association with Lord Rama, influenced renaming of city to Purusottama Kshetra, also known as Purusottama Puri, which exists as Puri at present.

Among well-known attractions in and around, Puri features Chilka Lake, a large inland salt-water lake, Puri Beach, Gundicha Ghar and the Childlike Wildlife Sanctuary. Over the years, the coastal city has emerged as an industrial centre with major industries like rice milling, handicrafts and fish curing.

The pleasant weather of the coastal city all round the year makes it an ideal destination for the travellers. With mild summers and cool winters, October to March is considered the best time to visit Puri.  
 

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Subham Mukherjee
  • Subham Mukherjee
  • Lives in Durgapur
  • 1 Review

"Puri sea beaches will overwhelm your spirits!!" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
The Puri sea beach is well known for its "not so furious tides." You can easily jump over them and do what you like without much fear of drowning. In case of fear just look at the coast guards out there kept by orissa government to save your lives. Another awesome job done by the coast guards out there is to take you on a sea ride with him and for that you'll have to pay him just 50 bucks. The atmosphere out there at night is so pleasing that anyone gets overwhelmed. The sea breeze is awesome, you just have to take a chair which is on rent basis( rs 20 for an hour) and relax.The jagannath temple is another interesting place to visit but its a bit crowdy. The other interesting places are the other beaches, NANDAN KANAN (the zoological park) is just awesome, The Vimala temple is also good, The chilika Lake out there is also good.

Fooding: The Food out there is bad. Only a few restaurants tend to cook good and healthy food so its better to keep conscious. Or rather just ask your hotel staff to tell a place to eat. One thing you should taste out there is the sweet made of ''FRIED CHHENA'. Its a speciality out there!
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Niladri Sen
  • Niladri Sen
  • 2 Reviews

"Puri - A hospitable city" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Puri never disappoints - I have been there dozens of time since I was a child. An all weather anytime destination - the sand and sea amazes you every time. You can hear the waves roar as you disembark from the train and you can spend hours on the seashore and feel the changing mood of the sea. It beckons you, it allures you, it charms you - you will fall in love. I have succumbed to her since the time I was a tiny-tot.

Add to that the charm of the Jagannath Temple which has existed over the millenniums even before history was first written - they say you cannot visit Puri without a calling by Lord Jagannath. The mystique of an ancient temple town can be felt as you travel through the lanes and bylanes of the city. One of the char-dhams and the temporal seat of one of the four Shankaracharyas you can feel the spiritual power of Lord Jagannath in every pore as you enter the temple.

A hospitable city it has hotels and boarding houses to suit every pocket and restaurants and eating houses to suit every palate. For the first timers it is advised to stay near the beaches - the sea in Puri is unique, one of its kind in India.

A shoppers paradise - the handicrafts and handwoven silks makes the ladies swoon. Never forget to pack a packet of "goja" for people back home - it is sweet, delicious and heavenly - just like the city.
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Abhijit Sarkar
  • Abhijit Sarkar
  • Highlander
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  • 15 Reviews

"A city with good beaches"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
One can enjoy the big waves but with some caution as heavy under current can sweep you. Salty taste of bay of Bengal keeps one away many a times. The beach is quite popular at a price. Chairs are available to sit under shade for price / hr (negotiable). Shanty shacks also provide at cheaper rate if u buy some product from them. Early morning walk gives one a nice feel with sunrise giving a majestic color to the sea. Lot of boats with fish catch are lined up for instant sale at very cheap bargained price. If you are staying where one has provision to get it cooked can try buying early morning.

Evening is very crowded along the beach with end number of shacks selling multiple products. The street gives a lively scene till late night.
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Tapaswinee Ray
  • Tapaswinee Ray
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 3 Reviews

"A must visit place"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Puri a place of of spirituality. Its the most ancient temple in India. As you enter the temple your mind will change automatically, you will be full of devotion. There will be peace in your mind. The mind boggling craftsmanship is justified even despite going to once in lifetime. The changing of flag at the top consistently 365 days is truly a demonstration of grit which today's well accessible procedure are left to disgrace. But it's very crowded and the priests trouble people. Next to this you can visit closest ocean shoreline. Just 1 kilometre from temple. Beaches are long and well maintained. This is one of the must visit place.
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Sayan Dhara
  • Sayan Dhara
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 3 Reviews

"A nice place to visit"

  • 4/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It was my 12th visit to Puri. So I never expect anything new from Puri, except the Sea Beach. Just go to the beach have some fun, you will definitely love it. You must visit the famous temple of lord Jagannath. Please don't carry mobiles as it is not allowed inside. If you want to carry it, no need to worry there are some shops where you can submit your mobile.
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Ajitabha Das
  • Ajitabha Das
  • Lives in Bhadrak
  • 1 Review

"A good place to visit"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Puri is famous for lord jagannath and you can take bath in the sea. Puri is the heart and soul of Odisha. It is also known as the city of lord Jagannath, It means lord of the whole universe. Right time to experience the world famous"rath yatra. One of the best place I have visited in my life. Saw sea first time in life. Eating "machli" at sea shore was very enjoyable. Most attractive part was the jagannath mandir
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Manitosh Singh
  • Manitosh Singh
  • 3 Reviews

"A good place to visit"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Puri is one of the most famous distinctions for hindus to visit jagannath temple. If you are a vegetarian go for marwari basa they have excellent veg thali at unbelivable price, puri city has poor availability of qualified doctors and medical facilities, and local person expects money for each small held that he does to visitor, beware of agents in station pandas, pocket pickers.
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Rinku Meher
  • Rinku Meher
  • Lives in Bhubaneswar
  • 1 Review

"An awesome experience"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Puri is the heart and soul of Odisha. It is also known as the city of lord Jagannath, It means lord of the whole universe. Right time to experience the world famous"rath yatra"is the month of July. Also experience the purity and sacredness of lord in a true heart. It is located near the coast of bay of bengal. A great place to relax your mind in sea beach. The Great Konark temple is 20 km away from puri. You will taste a never before treat inside the temple as it is known as the biggest hotel in world also in odia known as 'THE ANANDA BAZAAR'. Trust me it is a taste you will never forget. Its a memory for lifetime that you'll never forget.
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Shankha Bagchi
  • Shankha Bagchi
  • 16 Reviews

"One of the best place I have visited"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
One of the best places I have visited in my life. Saw sea first time in life. Eating "machli" at sea shore was very enjoyable. Most attractive part was the Jagannath Mandir. Really a must-visit place. I stayed at the DSP holidiay home Swapna Sagar, which was just in front of the sea. Our room was also sea facing, thus always experiencing the sea breezes. The roaring of sea was always making us feel its presence. Really a must visit place.
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Shekhar Behera
  • Shekhar Behera
  • 3 Reviews

"Puri - god's own native home"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
After the long travel through train, when we reached puri, the soul and mind felt a sense of pious and relax and spirituality. By witnessing lord jagannath in stone pelleted bed, my eyes were wide open in the sense of spirituality. In evening, the shore of bay of bengal at Puri beach was awesome and beautiful.
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